Kalki Koechlin

Koechlin in 2014, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Pondicherry, India

Date of Birth: 10 January, 1984

Ethnicity: French, German, distant Belarusian, remote Swiss-German

Kalki Koechlin is an Indian actress and writer.

Kalki was born in Pondicherry, Puducherry, India, to European parents, Françoise Armandie and Joël Koechlin. They emigrated from France, and followed the teachings of Indian philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and nationalist Sri Aurobindo.

Her father is from the Koechlin family of Alsatian industrialists and politicians, with distant origins in the north of Switzerland. He ran a business designing hang-gliders and ultralight aircraft. Kalki is a first cousin, four times removed, of French composer, teacher, and writer Charles Koechlin, and a more distant cousin of Maurice Koechlin, a prominent French-Swiss structural engineer.

Her mother is from Périgord.

Kalki was raised speaking English, Tamil, and French. She grew up in Auroville and Kallatty, near Ooty.

Kalki has a daughter with her partner, Israeli musician Guy Hershberg.

Kalki’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifteenth great-grandfather, Hans (or Jean in French) Koechlin, of Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

Kalki’s paternal grandfather was Jean René Guy Koechlin (the daughter of Guy Koechlin and Violette Antuszewicz). Kalki’s great-grandfather Guy was born in Lörrach, Germany, the son of Horace Koechlin and Cécile Julie Widemann. Violette was born in Troyes, Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France, the daughter of Ernest Antuszewicz, whose own father was a textile entrepreneur, from Hrodna, Belarus; and of Marie Reber.

Kalki’s paternal grandmother was named Jacqueline Knoell.

Sources: Genealogies of Kalki Koechlin (focusing on her father’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogy of Kalki’s paternal great-grandfather, Guy Koechlin (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

8 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    her documented ancestry is neither French or German but Alsatian.

  2. andrew says:

    Ernest Antuszewicz’s father, Alexandre Michel Antuszewicz, a textile entrepeneur, was born in Hrodna, Belarus, he is described as either Polish or Lithuanian in French sources, and was textile entrepeneur.

    Her 1st cousin, 4 times removed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Koechlin

    She is also distantly related to:

  3. andrew says:

    Possibly related to Léa Seydoux through Schlumberger lines

  4. Akwaba says:

    Her mother is from the historical region of Périgord : https://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Périgord

  5. Akwaba says:

    Her father is from Alsace, France. He comes from a powerful family of industrialists and politicians who has roots in the north of Switzerland : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koechlin_family

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